A passionate community has been gathering around the rock-hard games from Dark Souls developers From Software since the first part, creating new challenges with increasingly unusual controllers.
After trying out commercially available devices such as steering wheels, dance mats or Donkey Kong bongos, some of the players went on to devise their own control methods and dig deep into their bag of tricks to do so.
The streamer and self-proclaimed “controller bender” SuperLouis64 recently moved eleven Bananas out of that box, wired them together, and tricked Elden Ring into thinking it was a Playstation 4 gamepad. Then he went out and beat up Godrick, the game’s first demigod boss, for which he only needed a good 30 minutes despite the fruity handicap.
He then uploaded the relevant clip to Twitter, but anyone who would like to watch the full stream can find it here Twitch
link to Twitter content
While Louis just enjoys tinkering and gambling, supposed purists and newcomers regularly fight mud battles on Twitter when it comes to making the level of difficulty more adjustable. What our editor-in-chief Heiko thinks about it, he wrote in a column about the rune… uh soul.
Easy Mode for Elden Ring?
The biting reflexes are annoying, from both sides
The way it works of his banana gamepad, the hobbyist described to our English-speaking colleagues PCGamer by the way as follows:
Basically, I just hooked each banana to a HID and used them to emulate keystrokes when touched, much like a Arduino-Solution with buttons, except that they are bananas for me. Finally, I programmed the whole thing to be recognized as a Playstation 4 controller by my PC or PS5, depending on which platform I want to play on.
Elden Ring kicks off gaming year 2022 with a bang, raking in the second-highest rating in GameStar history. In our guides we give you the essential tips and tricks to cope with the rock-hard Soulslike. From bloody beginner tips to useful class guides to practical technical tricks – we’ll get you fit for the Elden Ring.
And that’s not all: You can find even more help in our guide overview.
Get your dream figure with Elden Ring Fit
The bananas were by no means the streamer’s first rodeo: just three days after the release, he began literally boosting his fitness by stood on his trampoline and the hardcore role-playing game with a Nintendo Ring-Con Ring Fit Adventure controlled.
link to YouTube content
The special: The mix of motion and button controls only responds when he’s constantly kicking his legs. To attack, he squeezes the ring and – because they are a must for any leg workout – is cured with squats.
Despite this sweaty control method, he managed to defeat numerous bosses, including the Bloodhound Knight Darriwil. His movement patterns are considered particularly chaotic and yet SuperLouis defeated him in just one attempt.
Our Souls expert, with a penchant for bluntly describing his numerous gaming traumas, can only smile about such tricks. In his report after 80 hours in the open world of Elden Ring, he tells you in his usual rough tone why he didn’t need the new comfort but still loves it:
How much does an absolute Souls pro like it?
And what everyday object will streamer Louis turn into a controller next? After recently winning Final Fantasy 14 with a pizza and a huge cat seat cushion steered, there is little doubt that nothing is safe from his creativity.
What was your most unusual control element on the PC, the console or in the arcade? Share your experiences with us in the comments!